Language immersion

Language immersion is offered in some day care centres and schools. Language immersion was first introduced in Vasa in 1987.  Immersion is most successful when a child from the majority language group is taught the minority language, based on a special method. In Finland this means that Finnish-speaking children get their language immersion in Swedish. The staff only talks Swedish with the Finnish-speaking children but they do understand Finnish. Finnish-speaking children coming to immersion day care centres do not need to know Swedish in advance, and the staff does communicate with their parents in Finnish. It is up to the parents to support the child’s native language (Finnish) at home. Language immersion aims at a living bilingual culture. It is in some localities possible to get instruction in groups with language immersion up till grades 7-9